It was Harvey and I’s anniversary yesterday and in lieu of being able to celebrate at one of our favourite restaurants or even a mini break away, we decided to keep it lowkey and head out to the lake for a socially distanced picnic. I’m definitely the sort of person who always prefers to eat family style, and we often have little picnic lunches or dinners, so it felt like a nice way to celebrate, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to rustle up lots of dishes to feast upon.
As it wasn’t just any picnic, I dug out some recipes from my newest cookbook obsession (East by Meera Sodha) for a fancy ol’ warm picnic menu. And without further ado, here are the dishes I made!
Chargrilled Summer Vegetables with dhana-jeera dressing
I really like warm salads, and this sounded irresistible. The courgettes and broccoli were perfectly balanced out by the sweetness of the onions and corn, and it was surprisingly filling. Absolutely delicious and oh so easy to throw together. I think this’d be perfect to serve at a barbecue or alongside a daal with some freshly baked naan.
New Potato Serendung
Harvey and I’s first holiday together was to Bali, and so Indonesian food has a special place in our hearts. These potatoes felt like a fun way to have a potato salad at the picnic; they’re tossed in spices and desiccated coconut and were so moreish. I remember scattering the coconut in and wondering how on earth it was going to come together as a dish, but it definitely worked. Did I make the four-person dish for just us two? … Maybe. It’s incredibly simple to make, and I’m sure I’ll be making it again to accompany other dishes.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
I wax lyrical about Cupful of Kale recipes all the time on here, and it’s for good reason! Tamsin’s recipes are creative, delicious, easy to follow and so comforting. This time I chose to bake her Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, masterfully scattered with chocolate chips and a pinch of cinnamon. It was fairly easy to put together and SO tasty, if not a little stodgy (but that’s almost expected with most of the vegan cake recipes I’ve made…) and such a nice treat for after-dinner or even as breakfast!
What are some of your favourite picnic dishes? Do you prefer to go traditional or shake things up a little?